Added to this was the project cost escalation to the tune of Rs 220 crores mainly due to poor planning.
Initially, the project cost was pegged at Rs 2,460 crore and the MMRDA already paid Rs 2,310 crore to the contractors, Larsen & Toubro and Scomi even before it was completed, Galgali said.
"Some 81 per cent of the funds have been disbursed, showing undue favours to the contractors," he noted.
The project completion deadline itself was extended five times - November 22, 2012, December 31, 2013, June 30, 2014, September 26, 2015 and now the latest August 19, 2016, when the second phase from Jacob Circle to Wadala is expected to be completed.
During the past 26 months, there were 10 accidents which led to six deaths and seven injuries, for which the MMRDA shelled out a compensation of Rs 36.50 lakh, recovered penalties of the same amount from the contractors and withheld Rs 50 lakh from their payments.
"The monorail is becoming extinct all over the world. But the politicians and bureaucrats have made a mockery of Mumbaikars by planning the monorail through a low-population area, mainly to facilitate some builders' lobbies," alleged Galgali.
He demanded an enquiry into the planning of the expensive project, which has helped builders and recovering the losses from those concerned to ensure such favouritism does not occur in future projects.
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